Spring Breakers: If You Get Into A DWI Accident, You Can Sue The Bar That Got You Drunk
Spring Break is officially in full swing at South Padre Island (or otherwise known as South Party Island), meaning thousands of local, state, and even out-of-state college-aged young adults have flocked their way through highway 100 to enjoy the island’s festivities.
While most of them have descended to the island to get away from studying and learning, here’s a helpful tip for them to remember from your friends at Moore Law Firm:
Spring breakers: If you get into an accident while driving drunk, you can actually sue the bar that got you drunk.
Yes, you read that correctly. In Texas, you can actually sue a bar for getting you so drunk to the point where you become a danger to yourself or someone else on the road.
Where In Texas Law Does It Say That I Can Sue A Bar For Getting Me Too Drunk?
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code is a set of laws helped to regulate alcohol transactions of all kinds in the state. Within the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code is a section called “Civil Liabilities For Serving Beverages” which has the following law written inside:
Sec. 2.02. CAUSES OF ACTION.
(b) Providing, selling, or serving an alcoholic beverage may be made the basis of a statutory cause of action under this chapter and may be made the basis of a revocation proceeding under Section 6.01(b) of this code upon proof that:
(1) at the time the provision occurred it was apparent to the provider that the individual being sold, served, or provided with an alcoholic beverage was obviously intoxicated to the extent that he presented a clear danger to himself and others; and
(2) the intoxication of the recipient of the alcoholic beverage was a proximate cause of the damages suffered.
So, in English, this all means that you can sue if:
- It was apparent that you were obviously drunk at the time of being served.
- You being drunk was the reason why you were in an accident.
What If I Wasn’t Hurt In A DWI Crash But From Falling Over For Being Too Drunk?
The law doesn’t state that it covers car accidents only but ALL ACCIDENTS. If you injure yourself because you were intoxicated, the bar may also be liable for the injuries you suffer. These circumstances are actually more likely to occur so it’s always good to be aware of your legal rights.
What Happens If I Wait Too Long To Talk To A Drunk Injury Lawyer?
If you wait even a few days to talk to an experienced drunk injury lawyer, a vast amount of evidence can be lost and, with it, potentially your DWI crash case. Most every bar has some sort of surveillance cameras that have their tapes deleted or erased within a few DAYS of the recording so acting fast is necessary if you’re serious about the outcome of your drunk injury case.
Call The Texas DWI Crash Lawyers At Moore Law Firm Today
If you partied a little too hard at a bar and you wound up hurting yourself, you need to call the South Texas drunk injury lawyers at Moore Law Firm today for a FAST, PRIVATE, and FREE consultation at 1-800-444-2780